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Alan is a partner in the Construction and Engineering Team at Ward Hadaway and has specialised since 2005 in construction law.

Alan is an experienced construction, engineering and projects lawyer.  He has acted for developers, public bodies, contractors, professional team members, subcontractors and funders involved in both private and public sector construction and engineering developments and energy projects.

Alan advises on the drafting and negotiation of all major national and international industry standard and bespoke forms of construction and engineering contracts (JCT, NEC, ICE, LOGIC, MF/1, FIDIC, IChemE, PPC 2000), professional appointments, novation agreements, warranties, bonds and guarantees and other associate project documents.


Alan’s recent private sector commissions include advising the McAleer & Rushe Group in relation to a number of hotel and mixed use developments throughout the UK  totalling in excess of £350m, and other high profile projects for this client such as the redevelopment of London Irish RFC’s training facilities and the redevelopment of Hampshire County Cricket Club’s Rosebowl Stadium.

He also advised the developer in relation to the first phase of a multi-phase £200m mixed use development in Newcastle City Centre.

In the public sector, Alan has advised a London University in respect of the major redevelopment of their campus, which included a new build student union facility and a new build education facility and a North East University’s new build City Centre sports facility.

In the energy sector, Alan has recently advised:

  • the English subsidiary of a Dutch engineering company in relation to a bespoke £80m contract for the design and manufacture of a J-lay pipe tower
  • a Channel Island electricity company in relation to the FIDIC contracts for the €50m project for submarine and land based electricity cables that will form part of the Channel Islands electricity grid
  • a Newcastle-based offshore oil and gas EPC contractor in relation to a £250m North Sea satellite oil platform project
  • the contractor in relation to the negotiation of an IChemE Red Book contract for an anaerobic digestion plant

What people say

  • The majority of the work Ward Hadaway have carried out for my business has been carried out by Alan Ross. Alan’s approach to working with my business has been exceptional. Alan has taken time to understand my business and the areas of the sector we operate in, whilst offering sound legal advice. His support has ensured that consideration is given to the culture of my business and how we aim to be perceived in the market place. I value Alan’s support and advice as I genuinely believe he has a good grasp of what is going on in the industry and the potential impact of changing legislation and working practices on my business. Alan’s professionalism and working manner are excellent, he is happy to explain things in a way that makes sense regardless of your knowledge of legal terminology.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Alan Ross is highly rated for his handling of non-contentious matters pertaining to energy, urban regeneration and commercial and residential development projects.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Associate to Watch - "noted for being 'courteous and prompt' whilst providing 'excellent technical advice'

    Chambers & Partners
  • He'll research any problems that arise and will put in all the hours that are necessary to make sure the areas he is working on are done successfully.

    Chambers & Partners